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Ernie Pyle Elementary School

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Posted August 23, 2012

Rude office people.I was rejected my 5 year old application of enrollment 3 times before it was accepted..as of July 1, 2012 TB is not required Los Angeles County, So came back gave them paper from my insurance. She said we need doc to sing form. SO I answered I want to sign a waiver on that, she said to me with a smart face we don't have those.. I said excuse me I know everysingle school has them she has ALL HERS SHOOTS the doc said she didn't need the tb is not required.. well we don't have those she said to me..SO got home called the Bellflower School Unified District and talk to the head nurse of the department VERY NICE, VERY POLITE and VERY helpful lady. she said there is a form you can sign and I am gonna call them to ask for that form..Sure thing she called them 30 minutes I called to ask AGAIN for the form and what a miracle they have it..lol The nerve of some people. Went back to finish the enrollment they make me wait longer even though ALL i need it was that single paper and, they were worse than
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2011

I can say many things about this school,unfortunately not good. The principal is careless in many ways. She does not pay close attention especially to some of her techers which are very rude. As soon as you walk in the school you can see for yourself that many of the personnel are very rude in their ways. I have been hearing a lot of complaints about the principal while waiting to pick up my son at the end of the school day. I have to struggle every day to send my son to school beyond belief. It has gotten so bad I have to change him to another school. I can only tell the parents one thing, this is not the best school, if you have options believe me your children will do better in any other school but this one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2009

I believe this to be one of the best elementary schools in the state. The staff is caring and attentive, and I must mention one teacher in particular- Mrs. Ober. Since the day my child became a student of hers, his behavior and learning skills have improved exponentially. My hats off to Mrs. Ober, and kudos the the Pyle Elementary staff. Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2005

I cannot say too many great things about this school. The principal is new and she is okay. The teachers are nice and try their best with what they have to deal with. The children that attend this school are not motivated and there is a low parent involvement. I would love to see better quality academic programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2005

The attention given to my child by the staff and teachers is beyond compare. This school staff is truely interested in the wellfare of eveychilds education and well being. All the teachers take their job seriously and deliver the best accademic progrogam possible. I can not say how glad and thankfull I am that my child attending such a great school! My thanks for all of the attention given to my child while at Ernie Pyle - especially the Principle Beverly Swanson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2005

Pyle provides the students with a warm, family atmosphere on a daily basis. Everyone at this site truly cares for the students; from the principal to the custodians. The staff is very friendly and accomodating towards one another. The school itself is very clean, and has a huge grassy field for students to enjoy during their recess periods as well as during physical education. Unfortunately, it did not meet its target AYP goal, but the staff is working hard to help the students by offering afterschool programs in addition to several types of interventions during the school day. Chorus is offered to 5th and 6th grade students every Friday, in addition to band. Our PTA works tirelessly to raise funds so that the students can be exposed to several educational assemblies. I feel very fortunate to be a part of Ernie Pyle!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2004

My son attended Ernie Pyle for 2 years and I thought the dedication of the staff and principals were above average. The progress my son made while attending was tremendous.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

800

Change from
2012 to 2013

-4

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 10


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API score

800

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The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

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5 / 10

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The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
36%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
45%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
45%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students36%
Females34%
Males37%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability38%
English learner36%
Fluent-English proficient and English only36%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate39%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)22%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students58%
Females60%
Males56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner65%
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)42%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students52%
Females47%
Males59%
African American43%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner64%
Fluent-English proficient and English only47%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students66%
Females59%
Males74%
African American27%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner80%
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students77%
Females87%
Males68%
African American75%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner83%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate68%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students81%
Females80%
Males82%
African American75%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner92%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate74%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students60%
Females60%
Males58%
African American69%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner39%
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students60%
Females63%
Males56%
African American62%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner44%
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students54%
Females54%
Males55%
African American62%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability55%
English learner22%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students51%
Females54%
Males47%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability50%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented86%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)48%
Parent education - college graduate40%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students48%
Females44%
Males51%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability47%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only49%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented86%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)39%
Parent education - college graduate40%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 68%
Black 17%
White 5%
Asian 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Two or more races 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85%N/AN/A
English language learners 27%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • Lisa Paioni
Fax number
  • (562) 804-6530

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14500 South Woodruff Avenue
Bellflower, CA 90706
Phone: (562) 804-6528

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